Lilli Cooper, who will play Sandy Cheeks in the upcoming Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants, is featured in the cast of the Chemical Drive concert. The musical gets its world premiere public hearing September 1 at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Also performing Janet Krupin’s score at the 9:30 PM show will be Ari Groover of Broadway’s Holler If Ya Hear Me, plus Tyler Milliron, Joey Neland, and Anthony Serino. Composer Krupin, who has appeared on Broadway in Bring It On, If/Then, and Hands on a Hardbody, will also take part in the performance, along with the show’s co-songwriters, guitarist Brian Ripps and multi-instrumentalist Gabe Cummins.
According to production notes, Chemical Drive is inspired by the “stranger-than-fiction nuclear history” of Krupin’s hometown, and the music is described as “Cabaret meets Fleetwood Mac.” The show portrays “what life might be like if the government were to hire a rock ’n’ roll band to distract from its top-secret operations.”
Chemical Drive is directed by Chris Fink, with music direction by Joey Nelan. The concert is produced by Michael Gioia and AnLi Kelly-Durham.
Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street in Manhattan. There is a $25-$65 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum. For tickets and more information, visit 54Below.com.